Cornelius Heeney

Philanthropist, born Ireland, 1754; died Brooklyn, New York, 1848. On coming to the United States he engaged in business and, in association with John Jacob Astor, amassed a fortune, which he devoted to religion and charity. In 1845 he obtained permission of the legislature to form a trust of his estate, the annual income of which amounts to about $25,000, for the benefit of the poor and orphaned.

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